I have a confession to make: I don't really do sneakers. And before you roll your eyes and dismiss me as a heel-wearing, high-maintenance fashionista, let me assure you that I live in ballet flats, Chelsea boots, loafers and brogues, so practicality has always been a priority. I've always admired girls who manage to pull off the whole "laid-back with an urban twist" look, but I've always felt my best when my outfits have more polish, and that generally means a smarter shoe style.
Yet something has shifted this season. As I was browsing this season's street style shots, I noticed quite a few influencers stepping out in Converse. But worry not, we're not talking the skinny jeans–and–band tee pairings that pervaded our teenage years—this is elegant, grown-up dressing at its best. The effect is startlingly chic. Dad trainers? Slightly unwieldy and aggressive-looking. Supergas? A tad too simple. Converse, on the other hand, offer the perfect middle ground. They look cool in a retro way, yet they're classic enough to go with most things in your wardrobe.
Just check out the fashion girls below, who wear theirs with everything from midi skirts and floral frocks to puff ball dresses and white jeans. Who knows? Maybe I am a trainer person after all. Scroll down to see and shop my favourite Converse outfits.
Style Notes: Okay, this is officially our fave look. Who says Converse were just for casual occasions? Donna Wallace makes a good case for wearing them with a statement party dress in this dramatic getup.